Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that start in the muscle tissue of the uterus. They are very common and present in about one-third of all women between the ages of 40-60. These rates can be 2-3 times higher in Black women, where fibroids are often seen at even younger ages. While fibroids often do not cause any problems, depending on their location they can cause several issues including constipation, pelvic pain, and heavy and prolonged vaginal bleeding (that when severe can cause anemia). So, while these growths do not cause cancer their effects can be potentially serious. This week we discuss fibroids, what is known about their causes and what you can do to try to prevent or limit their growth.